Straight Talk Africa

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 11 Sepi
September 11, 2013 6:30 PM
Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa Wed, 11 Sep

Published September 11, 2013

Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Straight Talk Africa

Shaka Ssali hosts this call-in program that examines topics of special interest to Africans.

Join us every Wednesday as Shaka and his guests discuss topics of special interest to Africans, including politics, economic development, press freedom, health, social issues and conflict resolution.

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Straight Talk Africa is broadcast live every Wednesday from 1830-1930 UTC/GMT simultaneously on radio, television and the Internet.

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On our Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Program:

“United Nations General Assembly"


World leaders are in New York for the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. This year’s theme, “The UN at 70 – A  New Commitment to Action, urges the world body to double their efforts to meet current and future challenges in peace, security, development and human rights.   They are expected to address a variety of global concerns including the Syrian civil war, the Islamic State insurgency, the European migrant crisis, climate change, and the Sustainable Development Goals, which benchmarks are hope to be met in the next 15 years. 


Join us for this 60-minute television and radio call-in simulcast, when guest host Peter Clottey moderates a special UNGA edition of Straight Talk Africa live from VOA's New York studio.


Guest Host:

Peter Clottey

Host of “Nightline Africa”

Voice of America

via Remote: VOA New York Bureau


VOA Reporter:

Margaret Besheer

VOA United Nations Correspondent


United Nations Remote Studio Guest:

James O.C. Jonah

former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

& Senior Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies


Taped One on One Interview with News Maker with Peter Clottey:

Pakalitha Mosisili

Prime Minister of Kingdom of Lesotho


Taped One on One Interview with News Maker with Esther Githui Ewart):

Uhuru Kenyatta

President of Kenya



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What steps should the United Nations take to become more effective as an institution to help Africa solve its problems?

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Internship Opportunities

In the competitive and changing television industry, nothing is more valuable for job-seekers than "real world" experience. The Straight Talk Africa internship program offers motivated and outstanding students exciting opportunities to experience practical journalism.  In addition to helping to get our weekly studio programs on-the-air, interns also produce a final project for their portfolios. Projects include writing and producing promos, stories, and even full-length documentary or magazine shows.

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Attention to Roblyn Hymes.

A Straight Talk Africa Special

About the Host

Shaka, a Ugandan-born American journalist, holds a doctorate in cross-cultural communication and history from UCLA in California. He is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and has received numerous honors, including a United Nations Peacekeeping Special Achievement Award in International Journalism. Other awards include VOA's Best Journalist Award and Kigezi College Butobere's first ever Highest Achievement Award in International Human Communication. Butobere is located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda, and is Shaka’s alma mater.

During his career, Shaka has interviewed and hosted many presidents and prime ministers.  Among them:  General Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria; Levy Patrick Mwanawasa; Former President, Zambia; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom;  Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama; Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills; Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia; Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia; Uganda President Yoweri Museveni; Joseph Kabila, President, DRC; Rwanda President Paul Kagame; and General Salva Kiir, First Vice President, and president of the government of Southern Sudan.

He has also hosted newsmakers and policy makers who interact with Africa, including:   Norbert Mao, President, Uganda Democratic Party; Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank; South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Mo Ibrahim, Chairman Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Nobel Literature laureate Wole Soyinka; Professor Muna Ndulo, Cornell Law School; Professor Ali Mazrui, SUNY; Professor George Ayittey, American University; Professor Sulayman Nyang, Howard University; Uganda Supreme Court Justice George Kanyeihamba; Dr. Rebecca Nyandeing de Mabior, a Southern Sudan government official and widow of former SPLA leader Dr. John Garang; Jeff Sharlet, author, The Family; Bob Hunter, Associate, Fellowship Foundation; Mbulelo Rakwena, former South African Ambassador to Brazil; Baffour Ankomah, Editor, New African magazine.